TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team began their only fall tournament, the FSU All-Conference Showdown, this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Noles went 7-0 in doubles play and 5-1 in singles play.
“The girls came out today and did a great job of setting the tone for the weekend,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde.
The day got started with back-to-back rounds of doubles. The Noles had a dominating performance in the three doubles brackets as they went a combined 7-0 on the day with all three doubles pairs advancing to the finals of their respective doubles brackets.
In the first round, juniors Ariana Rahmanparast and Julia Mikulski got things started for the Garnet and Gold win a dominating 8-2 victory over West Virginia. The Seminole duo went up 3-0 early and never looked back. Rahmanparast and Mikulski kept rolling in their second match as they won 8-3 over Middle Tennessee State to advance to the Spear doubles draw championship tomorrow.
Freshman Petra Hule and sophomore Andrea Garcia followed in their teammates’ footsteps and went 2-0 on the day. The Seminole pair defeated Western Kentucky 8-4 in the first round. They also defeated ETSU 8-5 in the second round to improve to 10-2 as a pair this fall. Hule and Garcia will play in the Gold doubles draw final tomorrow against Dzenga and Klaric of USF.
Senior Gabby Castaneda and sophomore Nandini Das brought the Noles to 6-0 in doubles on the day with two more wins. The Seminole duo had a battle in their first match as they were down 4-5, but were able to come back and defeat Wisconsin 8-6. In their second match, Castaneda and Das jumped out to an early 2-1 lead and finished off MTSU 8-4 to advance to the Garnet doubles finals.
Freshman Lucie Prochazkova teamed up with USF in doubles and won her one match of the day against Furman 8-7.
“Starting the day off with seven doubles wins was tremendous,” said Hyde. “I am excited that we are playing for three flight championships tomorrow. We need to come out with the same mindset tomorrow heading into another day of even tougher matches.”
The Noles did not slow down in singles play as they added five more wins.
Rahmanparast got things started for the Seminoles with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 shutout win against Iowa.
Hule quickly followed with the Noles second singles win. She jumped out to quick leads in both sets before taking the match 6-3, 6-4.
Das was the third Seminole to advance after a three-set battle against West Virginia. Das fell in the first set 6-4 but stormed back to take set two and three, 6-2, 6-2.
Prochazkova and Garcia finished off the winning for the Noles with straight-set wins. Prochazkova won 6-2, 6-2 and Garcia won 6-1, 6-2.
Castaneda was the Noles only loss of the day as she fought in a tough three-set battle to MTSU. She took the first set 6-2, but could not keep it up as she lost set two 6-3 and set three 6-4.
“The girls did a great job in singles,” said Hyde. “They made adjustments when they needed to and the great thing was that we played well today. Our level will increase every day that we play this weekend.”
Play begins tomorrow at 9 a.m. with the championship doubles round followed by one singles round.
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Doubles Round One
Rahmanparast/Mikulski (FSU) def. Martinez/White (WVU) 8-2
Hule/Garcia (FSU) def. Ito/Malinen (WKU) 8-4
Das/Castaneda (FSU) def. Rompf/Pick (UW) 8-6
Prochazkova (FSU)/(USF) def. Walter/Walker (Furman) 8-7
Doubles Round Two
Rahmanparast/Mikulski (FSU) def. Peris/Burrows (MTSU) 8-3
Hule/Garcia (FSU) def. Pereira/Markesini (ETSU) 8-5
Das/Castaneda (FSU) def. Kermet/Zirilli (MTSU) 8-4
Singles Round One
Ari Rahmanparast (FSU) def. Dauielle Burich (Iowa) 6-0, 6-0
Petra Hule (FSU) def. Ioanna Markesini (MTSU) 6-5, 6-4
Nandini Das (FSU) def. Sofia Duran (WVU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Kim Kermet (MTSU) def. Gabby Castaneda (FSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Lucie Prochazkova (FSU) def. Nancy Karaky (Troy) 6-2, 6-2
Andrea Garcia (FSU) def. Michelle Linden (UW) 6-1, 6-2